Robert Payne Partners Winter Linseed H'21

Produced with kind permission of Tim Payne.

April 2021

The winter linseed is now well into stem extension. So far, the crop has had its broad leaf weed herbicide and the first PGR/fungicide to keep disease off the crop. The Linseed is now tall enough for the final PGR Toprex which shall be applied this week.  Conditions have turned dry and we could do with some rain for flowering and to wash in the final dose of fertiliser.

Winter linseed variety Alpaga is now heading to green-bud timings where it will get its final fertiliser application

April has turned dry with a total of 1.9 mm recorded. Temperatures are slowly increasing but are still quite cold at 6.3 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

February / March 2021

The winter linseed is looking well overall. Parts of the field that were set back before winter have taken the late February winds the worst, but there are signs of recovery now, The undamaged parts of field are looking very well and are starting to stand upright ready for spring. All of the linseed has had its spring fertiliser. 

Frost Damaged Alpaga Winter Linseed - Feb 2021
Alpaga winter linseed showing signs of spring regrowth - Feb 2021

The rain has kept falling into February and March, with a total of 73.7mm recorded. Temperatures are slowly increasing but are still quite cold at 5.3 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

December 2020 / January 2021

The winter linseed is looking well now, the crop is a good height and branched nicely. This ensures it is in a good place when spring arrives to grow away. Thoughts are turning towards spring weed control, which the wet autumn made difficult to control.

Winter linseed variety Alpaga looking well branched and good size for winter

December was a decidedly wet month, 99.6mm of rain was recorded. Following on, January rain fall was recorded at 88.9 mm. Temperatures are starting to drop, in December they averaged 5°C, but fell in January to an average of 2.9 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

November 2020

The winter linseed has come up nice and evenly in the rows and is ready for winter. There was some spray drift from glyphosate spraying off a neighbouring field, which has set back a 15-meter-wide section of the linseed next to it. Some biostimulants have been applied to the damaged area to encourage recovery. Linseed is very sensitive to glyphosate and very small amounts can cause damage.

15m strip of glyphosate damaged linseed.
Close up of Glyphosate damaged plants

The rain has dropped in November with 38.9 mm recorded. Temperatures are starting to drop and are averaging 7.7 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

October 2020

The winter linseed has come in rows nicely and is  growing well. The crop is pretty clean, with some slow to emerge blackgrass awaiting its Centurion Max. 

Alpaga Winter Linseed up in rows

The rain has continued into October with 92.2 mm recorded. Temperatures are starting to drop and are averaging 10.6 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

September '20

Winter linseed, variety Alpaga, was drilled using a Weaving GD Drill into cultivated wheat stubble on the 10th of September. The field was cultivated to incorporate the previous crop residue, left to green up, and then sprayed off. The Weaving GD drilled the crop with very little disturbance to the soil, so the decision was taken not to apply a pre emergence herbicide. The crop is up in rows and looking well due to the warm soils and moisture, . 

Alpaga Winter Linseed emerging in the rows - 21st Sept 2020

Rain has arrived in time for drilling, the average rainfall for September 67.8mm and temperatures have kept soils warm since sowing have been averaging 14.5 °C (see Sencrop weather data below).

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